Three Big Takeaways: No. 4 Iowa State earns top-10 win


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Marcus Coleman wins his match against NDSU’s DJ Parker on Jan. 23.

Anthony Hanson, Sports Reporter

AMES — Iowa State wrestling has earned back-to-back wins over Oklahoma State for the first time since 2009. 

The No. 4 ranked Cyclones finished a busy weekend with an 18-11 win over longtime Big 12 rival and No. 10 ranked Oklahoma State. The win comes after the Cyclones continued their Big 12 win streak by beating Oklahoma on Friday evening. 

The win was a team effort, head coach Kevin Dresser said. The Cyclones needed all six of their wins in a dual that saw only one match earn bonus points.

“Ultimately, all the pressure falls on ten guys,” Dresser said. “We’re about effort and there was great effort from ten guys.”

The Cyclones continued their streak of 16 consecutive Big 12 dual wins. The last loss in a Big 12 dual for Iowa State came at the hands of the Cowboys in the 2020-21 season. 

“As far as our effort and hustle, up and down the lineup, really good,” Dresser said. 

Momentum shifting

Sunday’s matchup of Big 12 rivals at Hilton Coliseum pitted the Big 12’s longtime conference leader against the Big 12 team currently ranked highest in the national polls. 

Under head coach John Smith, the Cowboys have won 21 team conference championships. Last season, however, the Cyclones earned a win over Oklahoma State for the first time since 2009. 

With the narrow win on Sunday afternoon, Iowa State made its presence felt as a top program in the conference, flipping the script on the longtime powerhouse Oklahoma State. 

“We’re starting to see that momentum starting to shift towards Iowa State,” 285-pounder Sam Schuyler after earning the only major decision of the dual and the clinching win.

Bastida, Schuyler clinch the dual

The crowd at Hilton Coliseum was chanting No. 5 Yonger Bastida’s name. 

With the team score tied at 11-11, the matchup between the Cyclones and Cowboys would come down to the final two matches. The first would be a top-20 bout between Bastida and Oklahoma State’s No. 18 Luke Surber. 

Bastida scored the first takedown and held on to earn a 7-2 win by decision. His win put the Cyclones up 14-11 heading into the final match. 

No. 10 Sam Schuyler for Iowa State faced Oklahoma State backup Kyle Haas. Schuyler expected to face No. 24 Konner Doucet for his second ranked matchup of the weekend. 

The Iowa State senior secured the first takedown and allowed Iowa State to extend its lead by a major decision win. 

Both Schuyler and Bastida credited the home atmosphere after the match. 

“The crowd is something that I love,” Bastida said. “It keeps me going. I won’t get tired.”

Bastida was held out of Friday night’s dual because of an injury suffered training with teammate Marcus Coleman this week. The Iowa State junior told Dresser he felt ready Sunday morning and therefore got the go-ahead from Dresser to take the mat and pick up his 12th win of the season.  

Few bonus points

Only one match of Sunday’s dual was decided by a bonus point scoring margin. At 285-pounds, Schuyler used a takedown and riding time to extend his lead over Haas. 

However, no other wrestler created enough separation to earn extra team points for his team. 

Oklahoma State had the favorite at 133-pounds when No. 2 Dalton Fix faced unranked Zach Redding for Iowa State. Redding scored three escapes against his 15-0 opponent to keep the win Oklahoma State only a decision. 

Redding negated a key opportunity for Oklahoma State to secure bonus points against the Cyclones. Fellow Iowa State 133-pounder Ramazan Attasauov is set to return for Iowa State this season and the Cyclones will have a decision to make, Dresser said, with Redding proving his worth at that weight class. 

When No. 2 David Carr faced his opponent at 165-pounds, Carr scored the only two takedowns of the match. But three escapes for Wyatt Sheets limited the bonus point opportunity for the Cyclone leader. 

Iowa State will return to action Friday evening on the road against another Big 12 opponent West Virginia.